Monthly Archives: September 2011
So we may have caused some tension with the Uni.
Apparently hitting their POS while they were in Providence helping Chribba was a bit of a bad move. Both sides expressed their dislike of the decision but I am happy to report that the situation is resolved. Primarily due to the fact that Uni dropped the war halfway through our POS Bash. Dammit.
The war has fully ended by now and most bad blood has been resolved through discussions on the Eve University forum and through Director private chats in-game. If you’re interested, the forum thread regarding the end of the war can be found here onwards.
But enough about that. Let’s talk about the Mong’s Marauder’s war!
Mong's Marauders Retracts War Against RvB - RED Federation From: CONCORD Sent: 2011.09.22 16:36 The war between Mong's Marauders and RvB - RED Federation is coming to an end. Mong's Marauders has retracted the war against RvB - RED Federation. The war will be declared as being over after approximately 24 hours.
Okay, let’s talk about the Pinked war then!
Pinked Retracts War Against RvB - RED Federation From: CONCORD Sent: 2011.09.24 20:52 The war between Pinked and RvB - RED Federation is coming to an end. Pinked has retracted the war against RvB - RED Federation. The war will be declared as being over after approximately 24 hours.
Oh. Well then. Nevermind.
Ok, let’s talk about RVB Ganked Night 4; Run Rifter Run!
Despite all the excitement of the Uni dec over last week, we still managed to get over 100 pilots to attend last nights’ Ganked night, and what a night it was!
100 brave rifter hulls headed out at 20:00 EVE Time to our inevitable deaths, joined by many neutrals from corps such as Agony Unleashed, Lone Star Exploration and Black Rebel Rifter Club. It wasn’t long before we chanced upon a manticore who bombed us on a gate, taking down two rifters but dying horribly himself.
Our first major target was a lone Abbadon class battleship who we all gleefully and drunkenly engaged at 1000m orbits.
I bet you can guess what happened next?
SMARTBOMBS. Myself and about 27 other Rifters exploded hilariously, pods and all. The Baddon was finished off but we had lost a good 1/4 of the fleet in the process.
Waking up in Red HQ, I logged till such a point were the rest came back for a second run out. I regretted it moments later.
[ 2011.09.24 21:01:28 ] Captain Hurrdurr > Just so you know. [ 2011.09.24 21:01:31 ] Captain Hurrdurr > i got your corpse TGL. [ 2011.09.24 21:01:37 ] tgl3 > BASTARD
The fleet then went on to engage a Scythe Navy Issue fleet of Hydra Reloaded and scored a convincing number of kills, causing a fucktonne of ISK damage in the process including killing an alt of one of the Blue team leaders. Take that GreenYoshi!
After being informed by Mangala and Azual on twitter that I had missed some epic kills, I immediately logged back on and grabbed a second Rifter to join the now 70-strong fleet regrouping for another run.
Eventually we went out again and ran into a LAWN camp in the nulsec entry system of M-0EE8. Fortunately for us, something went wrong with their “GTFO” procedure and we snagged a Vagabond, followed by a Dominix. A Jaguar flailed but couldn’t escape and a Cane followed shortly, the pilot messaging me on twitter afterwards commenting on our frig blob. We grew even more surprised as a pair of Drakes came back to the gate but got themselves caught in their own warp disruption bubbles. Needless to say, they died.
Oh, and then a Badger came through.
For all of this, we lost one rifter. Awesome!
A few systems later we saw a cyno in system. With no scouts, Mangala warped us straight to the cyno because what could happen. We ran into CSM member Elise Randolph in a Purifier and did what we do best. Blew it up.
Two jumps later had us on a station shooting it for lulz when a large gang from Fatal Ascension dropped in, so we ran to the gate and reformed to DIE IN A GLORIOUS FIRE.
And die in a glorious fire we did, snagging only one kill for a whole fleet wipe. Their logistics proved too much for us to break Good work there FA!
With that that, I logged for the night.
Red Federation now has 3 third party decs! \o/
The war with the Uni is ongoing but we struggle to meet their numbers, particularly against their fast reships and when jumping into their gatecamps as shown by the second major fleet engagement of the war, which ended with us camping in Aldrat with a 40 man fleet and E-Uni on the outgate with about 70. We grew bored and did what RvB do best and Leeroy’d straight into their gatecamp with a couple of the other Uni WTs helping out. Battle report for that can be found here.
As a result a lot of our tactics right now involve hunting across High Security space and using our excellent solo/small gang pilots to pick off the blob one ship at a time. It’s working rather well and we should see another large fleet engagement soon.
The second war is against the Pinked alliance whose last dec the other week resulted in them cancelling the dec and running off to nulsec. A rule breaking Red pilot was kicked from our corp and he promptly joined Pinked and evidently spurred them to declare war for the second time. We didn’t have Blue cross-dec because it wasn’t needed for such a fail Alliance;
So we killed a failfit vexor. And an overdrive fit Hyperion. And a Stabber using a Dramiel. Then an overdrive fit Dominix. Then an overdrive fit Vexor Navy Issue ratting in Lowsec. Then a snipe (I think) fit Moa. Then a Rapier. All we lost was one Sigil and a few t1 frigs. Nice to see their second dec is a lot more fail than the first.
The third dec is up against a corp called “Mong’s Maruaders” which Blue cross dec’d.
The first engagement killed one of their Neutral RR ships, so that went well. A battle through New Caldari and into Jita killed their Rapier before we grew bored of the 3 or 4 neutral RR repping them on 4-4 undock, so we left with no losses.
So Thursday will hopefully bring us war targets by the hundreds as Red and Blue enjoy a shared faildec, the Uni dec and Red get to shoot Pinked again. Heck, if push comes to shove we can always shoot each other…
But that’d be just odd, right?
P.S. Two of my corpmates have started blogs. Mangala (who totally never FCs) writes a battle report of the first Uni engagement and laments on faildecs here and Ankad writes up the latest RvBvUni fight here. Check them out!
Before this war started, I had a great deal of respect for E-Uni. I was under the impression that they were a good learning corp for the world of EVE. I reccomended it to my friends trying the game and to others joining RvB without a clue with what to do.
However, this changed literally overnight. As we roamed about in the RvB Purple fleet, we couldn’t help but noticed that E-Uni had issues with engaging anything that they didn’t outnumber massively. Not too much of an issue, that’s just the way EVE works but it did bug me that this didn’t seem to teach much.
This was compouded today, when EVE Uni proceeded to camp their own system with about 80 ships. All day. They left the system once, and only went 6 jumps for about 10 mins before turning back.
Now, this is my own opinion, but I fail to see what this teaches? If they’d have split into 3 or 4 smaller fleets and roamed, WT fleets would have engaged, fights would have been had and THINGS WOULD HAVE BEEN LEARNT.
There also seemed to be previous few Uni solo’ers. I counted about 2. Compared to RvB which had about 20/25 guys roaming all over Uni space looking for solo fights, well…
I understand that E-Uni is *not* RvB, but it makes no sense to me that the Uni would continue to encourage these massive not-doing-anything blobs. It must be very boring and nothing is learned, and this defeats the point in my opinion. These decs are an ideal time for the Ivy League to get small gang and pvp practice in and they’re basically giving it the finger.
So I lost a lot of respect for Uni today. I won’t be reccomending them, at least not for anything remotely PvP.
Maybe if something changes during the war, perhaps. Like a small E-Uni gang coming to our space instead of all of us having to go to them.
The day began with the surefire knowledge that it would end on a high note. We knew we were going to fight E-Uni and damn were we going to do it well, because E-Uni stole our Teapot.
EVE Uni’s dec with Red and Blue was to go live at 20:43 EVE time, so we began forming up a fleet about 2 hours before to set up a forward staging system for Purple Fleets. My alt watching in the E-Uni system noticed that another War Target of Ivy League were also pretty serious, and this was proved by the resident E-Uni gatecamp scattering mere minutes before a Logi supported BC fleet of the Sleeper Social Club Alliance jumped in.
As our own RvB Purple fleet began setting up, E-Uni struck back with a 70 man BS supported fleet and decimated the Sleeper fleet.
It didn’t look promising for us, so we began upshipping as we cleaned out nearby markets to get ourselves set up.
An hour before the Dec, we were all ready to go about 6 jumps from Aldrat (E-Uni HQ) and ecstatic at our numbers; 91 people were online on Red (we average 40/50) and about 70 in blue (30/40 average) and our Purple fleet had reached a whopping 110 pilots. We really did want that Teapot back.
For comparison, our popular Ganked nights have about 100, including Neutrals.
We headed to Aldrat and were not entirely surprised to hear the E-Uni fleet had moved out their POS and established camp on the other side of the gate. They appeared to number about 80 but they had Logi support (we did not) and more ECM than us so overall we seemed even.
Sadly, we had no intention of jumping into their well set camp so we established our own on the other side. A half hour long Mexican standoff ensued with neither side willing to jump and no flanking routes available.
Finally we made a decision. We pulled the fleet back a jump and were delighted to see the E-Uni fleet fall back to their POS. So delighted in fact, we blew up a Blue Drake because we were 99% sure he was an alt of a Blue kicked yesterday for breaking rules.
We charged forward and jumped into Aldrat, securing the in gate for reships if needed. We then proceeded to open a full broadside in local, spamming a Justin Beiber video in the hope we’d force some E-Uni guys to commit suicide or something. This was quickly followed by a volley into the E-Uni channel. Fun times!
The E-Uni fleet were firmly holed up in their Death Star POS, so we bounced off tacticals and waited. And waited. And waited.
Finally, a Uni Raven was sighted on their HQ and he aggressed one of our guys over there. With 100+ WTs in local.
Desperately trying to get E-Uni out, we warped to their HQ and annihilated the Raven. Then their fleet warped in at 0. Including ECM and Sniper Battleships.
Oh heck yes.
I was jammed instantly and could only watch helpless as Mangala rattled off targets and explosions ripped through the fleets. Finally the jams broke as Flistir went after the Uni Griffons and I proceeded to snag light ships and pods with my lovely long point.
The fight continued for another few minutes before the E-Uni fleet managed to fleet-warp back to their POS, taking about half the original fleet with it.
We had won! Not only against a foe we thought we’d die horribly to, but on their hq. At 0.
And to top it off? We only lost 5 and no pods. And got the Teapot back.
A victory if I ever saw one.
This was easily my biggest fight yet and was certaintly the biggest Purple fight ever. It was utterly fantastic. I am looking forward to more fights with E-Uni – I just wish they weren’t so strict with their rules. We could have had small gang engagements quite often if they weren’t (afaik) told to stay docked.
Youtube links will come once my fleetmates upload the recordings!